Visitors "Walk All Over Waterloo" in celebration of area revitalization
Issue date: 9/24/10 Section: Focus
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Now home to over 12 independent music and art retailers, Waterloo is a pretty hip place to be and safer than ever. To celebrate this milestone and create some foot traffic in the area, merchants held "Walk All Over Waterloo" on Friday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. All businesses were open throughout the event and offered sweet hookups for customers interested in supporting local businesses.
Arts Collinwood, a non-profit organization that benefits the greater Collinwood neighborhood, has been especially influential in cultivating the arts in the neighborhood. Sarah Gyorki has been running Arts Collinwood since 2003, and in addition to running the gallery, which displays local artists and emerging young artists, she has recently opened the Waterloo Café with the help of the entire organization. Several reincarnations of restaurants and coffee shops have existed in this building, but Waterloo Café seems by far the most delicious of them all. They offer a full menu of coffee concoctions as well as a full bar and lunch/dinner menu. In back of the gallery and restaurant, Arts Collinwood offers weekly and monthly art classes for anyone in the community for a small fee.